Improving the Lives of Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions Through Research & Training
New Journal Article on Effects of Early Stigmatization on Pathways to Employment After First Episode of Psychosis
This article, published online first in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, discusses how young adult study participants experienced self-stigma in response to a psychosis diagnosis in young adulthood and how this delayed their career pathways. Natural peer support was critical in restoring self-identity and career pathways among young people with first-episode psychosis. Study findings have implications for improving Coordinated Specialty Care practice to include peer-based and other anti-stigma interventions for young adults with first-episode psychosis.
Watch Recording of July's Monthly Consultation: "Supporting Decision Making"
Our team discussed how to support youth in healthy, individualized decision-making. We covered how to support youth in weighing pros and cons, exploring potential consequences, and anticipating the situation.
Watch Recording of May's Monthly Consultation: "Strategic Sharing in Different Contexts"
In this monthly consultation, our team discussed strategic sharing in different contexts. Youth peer support specialists shared their lived experience with youth, parents, fellow professionals and advocacy purposes. We reviewed various scenarios on how youth peer support specialists can safely share their stories in ways that support their youth and their work.
Watch Recording of August's Monthly Consultation: "Supporting Culturally Responsive Practice"
In this consultation, our team covered how to implement culturally responsive practices. This includes appropriate training for youth peers, necessary organizational practices and values, and addressing oppressive language or ideas.
New Pathways Comics Study Guide for Volume 5, "Moving On"
This study guide for service providers who work with young people with mental health conditions raises questions for discussion and points for reflection about the events in Volume 5, "Moving On," the final volume in the series of Pathways Comics. This series further explores strategies for engaging young people in services, and the positive outcomes that can result from successful outreach.
Watch Recording of June's Monthly Consultation: "Working with Caregivers and Families"
Region 10 discussed how youth peer support specialists work with youths' families and caregivers. Topics included how to engage family members and caregivers, as well as common challenges or misconceptions that youth peer support specialists may face when working with caregivers and families.